William Byron is hitting the road for Canada this weekend, the road course that is, as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads north of the border to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) in Bowmanville, Ont., for the series' only road course race of the season. Although this will be the first time for the 18-year-old rookie at CTMP, it will not be his first time turning right in a race.
In 2015 Byron made three road course starts, all of which resulted in top-10 finishes and one top five. His best finish came at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race where he started second and finished fifth. Byron also gained road racing experience in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East last year with starts at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International and Virginia International Raceway in Alton. He scored a seventh-place finish at The Glen and was 10th at VIR.
Not only will Byron have some road racing experience under his belt when he arrives in Canada, but his Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) team is also bringing last year's race-winning truck. KBM-X134 is the same Tundra Erik Jones drove to Victory Lane in 2015 at CTMP. Jones started second and led 19 laps en route to KBM's first win at the 10-turn track. Jones also finished third with the same truck in 2014.
Since this will be Byron's first trip to Canada, he hopes to be able to do a few touristy things like visit Niagara Falls and see the sights in downtown Toronto, but there is one place in particular where he wants to go. He'd like to get a few photos holding the race trophy in Victory Lane at CTMP.